Italian hotel bars US actor Malkovich for expired Covid vaccine pass

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AFP/The Local - [email protected] • 19 Jan, 2022 Updated Wed 19 Jan 2022 16:40 CEST
Italian hotel bars US actor Malkovich for expired Covid vaccine pass
US actor John Malkovich arrives for the screening of the upcoming television series "The New Pope" on September 1, 2019 presented out of competition during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

US actor John Malkovich was turned away from a luxury hotel in Venice last week after failing to present valid proof of Covid-19 vaccination, Italian media reports.


Local newspaper Il Gazzettino reported that the theatre and film actor, star of "Dangerous Liaisons" and "Being John Malkovich", was in Venice for two days of filming for US television series "Ripley".

Because his vaccination card had expired, Malkovich was denied entry to his luxury suite at the Hotel Danieli overlooking the Grand Canal, the paper wrote.

After failing to produce valid proof of vaccination in order to enter the hotel, Malkovich was instead housed in private lodgings, reads the newspaper report.

Italy's vaccine pass, also known as the 'reinforced' or 'super green pass' - or an equivalent document - is now required to access most venues and services in the country.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What Covid-19 rules are now in place in Italy?

Under Italian law, only those who show proof of full vaccination or recovery from Covid can access public spaces like hotels, restaurants, bars and other venues, as well as public transport.

The Hotel Danieli in Venice. Photo: MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP


The requirement to show the Covid health pass to access most of Italian public life applies equally to travellers visiting from abroad who don’t have the Italian health certificate.

But in its place, Italy’s government has recognised proof of vaccination with all European Medicines Agency (EMA)-approved Covid vaccines and three additional vaccines as equivalent to Italy’s reinforced green pass since September 23rd.

It doesn't matter where the vaccine was administered, as long as the person visiting Italy has been immunised by one of the vaccines on the approved list.


Proof of vaccination is currently recognised as valid in Italy for nine months since the date of the last dose - whether that is a second or third shot.

From February 1st, this period will be cut to six months after the last vaccination dose.

While Italian authorities have not explicitly stated that foreign vaccination certificates are valid for the same period in Italy, this appears very likely to be the case, as all similar rules apply equally to anyone in the country. The Local is seeking confirmation.

The Italian government has made many changes to the use of its green pass in recent weeks in a bid to slow down soaring infections in the country, fuelled by the Omicron variant.

After recently issuing several new decrees, the authorities are drawing up another this week which will extend the Covid-19 health pass again to become a requirement for entry to most shops, as well as the places already covered by the rules.


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